Gardner–Pingree House

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Gardner–Pingree House
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Gardner–Pingree House is located in Massachusetts
Gardner–Pingree House
Gardner–Pingree House is located in the United States
Gardner–Pingree House
LocationSalem, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°31′21″N 70°53′31″W / 42.52250°N 70.89194°W / 42.52250; -70.89194Coordinates: 42°31′21″N 70°53′31″W / 42.52250°N 70.89194°W / 42.52250; -70.89194
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectMcIntire, Samuel
Architectural styleOther, Federal
Part ofEssex Institute Historic District (#72000147)
Salem Common Historic District (#76000303)
NRHP reference #70000541[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 30, 1970
Designated CPJune 22, 1972
May 12, 1976

The Gardner–Pingree House is a historic house museum at 128 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts. It is judged to be a masterpiece of Federal architecture by the noted Salem builder Samuel McIntire, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972 for its architectural significance. It is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum as part of its architectural collection, and is open to the public for guided tours.


The house is a three-story brick structure, rectangular in shape, with a three-story ell extending the rear. The brick is laid in Flemish bond, and the trim is white marble. The roof is surrounded by a low balustrade above a modillioned cornice, and is pierced by two interior brick chimneys. There are marble trim bands separating the floors, and the third floor windows are shortened. All windows have black shutters, and are topped by lintels with a keystone. The main entrance is sheltered by an elliptical portico supported by four Corinthian columns. The doorway is framed by sidelight windows and an elliptical fanlight, with pilasters rising to the base of the portico top. The house interior features lavishly-carved woodwork in the public spaces on the first floor, including fireplace mantels, cornices, internal window shutters, and the stairway balustrades.[2]


The house was built in 1804 by Samuel McIntire in a Federal style for John and Sarah (West) Gardner. John bought the lot from his father (John Gardner, Sr) whose cousin (John Gardner III) was the grandfather of John Lowell Gardner I. John and Sarah sold the house to her brother, Nathaniel West, to cover shipping losses related to events leading up to the War of 1812. The house was sold, in 1814, to Capt. Joseph White. David Pingree bought the house in 1834.[3] In 1933 descendants of David Pingree gave the house to the Essex Institute, which merged with the Peabody Museum of Salem to form the Peabody Essex Museum.[2]

The house was the site of the notorious 1830 murder of Capt. Joseph White,[4] whose death prompted a famous trial prosecuted by Daniel Webster. The trial inspired Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The house was one of the filming locations for the 1979 Merchant Ivory film adaptation of Henry James' novel The Europeans.[5]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970,[1][6] and is a contributing property to both the Essex Institute Historic District and the Salem Common Historic District.

See also[edit]

Salem, 1820


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "NHL nomination for Gardner–Pingree House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  3. ^ Thomas Gardner Society blog [2011] Gardner–Pingree house (and murder) (via
  4. ^ A Murder in Salem
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  6. ^ "NPS NHL listing information". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-05-20.

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